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It was last modified on: 2006-07-19
 By M  Winther. Cannonrider Chess. The Cannonrider moves differently depending on square colour: on white squares as a Nightrider; else as a Chinese Cannon.[All Comments] [Add Comment or Rating]
Fergus Duniho wrote on 2006-07-19 UTC
I hope to stem the misuse of the term rider before it continues. Rider is a technical term in the field of Chess variants for a piece that may make multiple leaps in the same direction and of the same distance, so long as every space it passes over is empty until it reaches its destination, which may be empty or occupied. In Chess, the Rook is a Wazir-rider, the Bishop is a Ferzrider, and the Queen is a Kingrider. Rider is not synonymous with Nightrider. This piece is so called because it is a rider of Knight leaps, a Knightrider. The K is dropped because Nightrider is already an English word that's suitable for a Chess piece. The name of Cannonrider is confusing, because first the Cannon is already a rider, at least insofar as it can move like a Rook when it's not capturing, and when it captures, it moves as a hopper, not as a simple leaper. Each rider piece is normally related to an analogous leaper, not a hopper. But I could imagine extending the use of rider to cover a piece that can make multiple moves of the same type in the same direction. For example, I could imagine a Cannonrider to be a piece that can make multiple Cannon captures on the same move, so long as there are enough screens, empty spaces, and pieces in the same line. I'm not recommending this extension of the term, but it at least seems more natural than using the term rider to refer to a specific kind of rider.